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London-based Emperia gets £10m to boost metaverse e-tail

London-based Emperia gets £10m to boost metaverse e-tail

​London-based software start-up Emporia has raised over £10 million of expansion funding “to reimagine the e-commerce space”. It’s aiming to bring retail into the metaverse by providing the tech to build virtual stores.
Fashion
London's West End success give Shaftesbury a Christmas boost

London's West End success give Shaftesbury a Christmas boost

When central London retail performs, so too does commercial property giant Shaftesbury. After all, it does own a 6.4-acre, 600-building portfolio in the heart of London's West End.
Fashion
UK store vacancies shrink but are still high - report

UK store vacancies shrink but are still high - report

UK retail vacancy rates improved in the final quarter of 2022 to 13.8%. But before you get too excited, it was only better by 0.1% on Q3 and 0.6 percentage points better than the same period last year.
Fashion
Discounts not enough? CBI cites early signs that January retail has been weak

Discounts not enough? CBI cites early signs that January retail has been weak

What did Friday’s CBI survey report show for January? Lower sales volumes as retail got off to a slow start despite the clearance sales. They're expected to decline again next month too, “but at a slightly slower pace”.
Fashion
Julie Harris becomes Hyve Group non-exec

Julie Harris becomes Hyve Group non-exec

​Global events company Hyve Group has appointment Julie Harris as a non-executive director, effective 2 February. She will take on the role of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Committee Chair.
Fashion
Lark London store heading outside the capital to land in Woking

Lark London store heading outside the capital to land in Woking

Lark London is embarking on its first retail venture outside the UK’s capital (but not too far out). The independent lifestyle boutique brand is to open at the Victoria Place shopping centre in Woking, Surrey, in March.
Fashion
H&M's profit tumbles more than expected as costs bite

H&M's profit tumbles more than expected as costs bite

Sweden's H&M reported on Friday a much larger than expected drop in September-November profit, hit by weak consumer confidence and soaring costs that it did not fully pass on to price tags.
Fashion
Retail footfall improved in 2022, but pre-pandemic gap is "long-term trend"

Retail footfall improved in 2022, but pre-pandemic gap is "long-term trend"

​Following an increasingly tough 2022 for UK retail, footfall this year won’t return to pre-pandemic levels and the gap from 2019 and will settle at between -5% and -10%, according to retail experts Springboard.
Fashion
Two UK shopping centres are first to achieve net zero carbon status

Two UK shopping centres are first to achieve net zero carbon status

Sustainability hats off to two retail destinations. Quayside MediaCity in Salford and Gloucester Quays have become the first shopping centres to achieve ‘Net Zero Carbon – Operational Energy’.
Fashion
Liverpool One launches local indies pop-up

Liverpool One launches local indies pop-up

Liverpool One is building on its commitment to creating a difference for its visitors via independent brands and innovative concepts. So the mall has introduced a MerseyMade pop-up of local artisans’ and artists’ work. 
Fashion
WGSN owner to put trends business up for sale

WGSN owner to put trends business up for sale

​WGSN and Cannes Lions owner Ascential delivered a strong trading update Wednesday, but also announced surprise news: its WGSN trends service is up for sale following a strategic review that it launched last spring.
Fashion
Freemans extends successful media deal with iProspect UK

Freemans extends successful media deal with iProspect UK

Freemans Grattan Holdings has extended its media deal with iProspect UK after a decade working together in which they relaunched Freemans as a pureplay digital department store and saw growth outstripping the market.
Fashion
Board member Sanders becomes THG CFO, Gallemore moves to COO

Board member Sanders becomes THG CFO, Gallemore moves to COO

There’s been an executive reshuffle at the THG Group. Damian Sanders has been appointed Chief Financial Officer with immediate effect. That comes as previous CFO John Gallemore now becomes Chief Operating Officer.
Beauty
Covent Garden launches campaign to brighten up dull winter

Covent Garden launches campaign to brighten up dull winter

Covent Garden has introduced a big splash of colour to brighten up London’s dreary winter days. The major retail area and tourist attraction has introduced a ‘Covent Garden in Colour’ campaign via artist Lois Lillian.
Luxury
UK charity shops buck retail trend, first-ever specialist gift card launched

UK charity shops buck retail trend, first-ever specialist gift card launched

In a sign secondhand shopping is becoming mainstream in 2023, charity shops are to issue a first-of-its-kind sustainable shopping gift card.
Fashion
Primark performance justifies stores-only stance as city footfall bounces back

Primark performance justifies stores-only stance as city footfall bounces back

Primark's trading update has revealed more upbeat news with the chain “good in all markets and ahead of expectation”. Total sales and like-for-likes rose in double digits and city centre footfall recovered.
Fashion